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290 Game 6: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Gotta admit, going against my much ballyhooed belief that there is no carryover from game to game in a playoff series (there isn’t), I thought the Rangers were done like dinner after Game 4. I mean, they just stunk it up in a huge game. And, boy, has…

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506 Game 4: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Haven’t said this much this year, but I don’t even know where to begin. It was going to take a monumental effort to beat Pittsburgh, a much better team, in this series. The way the Rangers played in Game 4, they wouldn’t have beaten anybody. I thought a…

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594 Game 3: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) First of all, a little tempest was set off in Pittsburgh by a couple of shots Marc Staal took on Sidney Crosby (click here to see them), both of which should have probably been penalties, but as you know, our fine NHL referees are more than likely to…

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422 Game 2: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Are you really surprised that this series is 1-1? Seriously? I’m not at all. I’m never, ever surprised that any series is 1-1 after two. Heck, maybe you should be surprised it isn’t 2-0 Penguins. 2) So let’s get this streak thing right out of the way. Ya…

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601 Game 6: Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) Well, the best part for you guys and for the Rangers is that they don’t lead the series. Because since 2009, while they’ve been lousy when leading a series — a record 12 straight losses with the series lead — they’ve been pretty darn good when tied or…

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184 Game 5: Rangers-Flyers in review

Click here for my column on the Rangers’ pre-series advantages all proving out to be advantages in Game 5. And click here for Josh Thomson, 26’s story about the game. Finally, click here here for my notebook, which touches on J.T. Miller’s playoff debut, and all the stats about how…

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271 Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.…

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235 Game 3: Rangers-Flyers in review

FYI, our Live Chat with Dave Maloney is scratched today because the Rangers are taking the day off and Dave and I won’t have the opportunity to get together. So we’ll try to do it Thursday, and if that doesn’t work, then later in the series. Thoughts: 1) For a…

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71 Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. –        The…

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162 Game 2: Rangers-Flyers in review

Editor’s note: Sorry for the lack of photos. Wordpress has really been acting up, and it eats up paragraphs when I put in photos … so I had to remove them all. — Carp. Thoughts: 1) Apologies because, once again, as always this time of year, I cannot understand some…

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297 Game 2: Flyers 4, Rangers 2 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Game 2: Flyers 4, Rangers 2. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today at Madison Square Garden in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1.…

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201 Game 1: Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) I wrote a whole column about the power play (click here to see it) and the type of weapon and deterrent it can be. You know, we always hear about teams that win Stanley Cups without a good power play — Boston most recently. But how many teams…

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173 Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.…

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345 Rangers-Flyers matchups: position by position

Here are my first-round position-by-position matchups: FORWARDS: Let’s face it. Up front, the Flyers are going to be able to thump the Rangers, who don’t possess the physical element the Flyers, or most teams, have. The Rangers rely on speed and pressure. And, if the Rangers’ top guys don’t play…

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41 Rangers “best” forwards must be at their best vs. Flyers

Here’s the unedited version of a column I wrote for The Journal News and Lohud.com: By Rick Carpiniello GREENBURGH – Alain Vigneault held his forefinger and his thumb less than inch apart when he was talking Tuesday about the difference between the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers coach,…

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14 Canadiens 1, Rangers 0 (OT) … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Canadiens 1, Rangers 0 (OT). Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –      The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in overtime tonight at Bell Centre in their final game of the regular season. The Blueshirts finished the season with a 45-31-6 record…

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49 Rangers 2, Sabres 1 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 2, Sabres 1. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –      The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden in the final home game of the regular season. With the win, and Philadelphia’s regulation loss, the Rangers clinch…

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554 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Thoughts: 1) That’s a good win for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that Philly and Columbus won and that collar would be getting a little tight if the Rangers lost. Also given the poor start against yet another — God, how many are there? –…

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